For a city that prides itself in its historic architecture, a surprising amount demolition happens here. Right now, the only historic building remaining at the Firemen's Home--other than the original part of the Museum of Firefighting--is being demolished.
Back in 2004 or so, when the plans for the new Firemen's Home facility were before the Hudson Planning Board, Historic Hudson along with members of the community urged FASNY to renovate the historic buildings--one built in 1916 and other in 1932--rather than demolish them. The promise to preserve this building, which was constructed in 1906, was a concession FASNY made to those who wanted them to preserve their gracious early 20th-century campus, which stood far back from the street. Now, a dozen or so years later, that commitment to preservation has clearly been forgotten. The building is being demolished. A call to code enforcement officer Craig Haigh to learn the justification used to obtain a demolition permit has not been returned.
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